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Food Network: Talented junior chefs showcase their skills in new season of 'Chopped Junior'

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Wed, Mar 16th 2016 04:50 pm
From left, judges Roble Ali, Marc Murphy and Jennie Garth pose with host Ted Allen as seen on Food Network's `Chopped Junior.`
From left, judges Roble Ali, Marc Murphy and Jennie Garth pose with host Ted Allen as seen on Food Network's "Chopped Junior."

Ted Allen and the "Chopped" judges are joined by special guest judges, including Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tony Hawk, Andrew Rannells

Season premieres Tuesday, April 26

Little chefs with tremendous ambition and talent take over the "Chopped" kitchen on season two of "Chopped Junior," premiering Tuesday, April 26 (8 p.m. ET/PT), on Food Network.

Hosted by Ted Allen, "Chopped Junior" showcases the talents of girls and boys seeking to make unforgettable meals from mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - with a limited amount of time. One-by-one, the junior chef that is not up to par will be eliminated, with the last one remaining crowned "Chopped Junior" champion and winning the $10,000 prize.

The young cooks are judged throughout the season by a rotating panel of both recurring "Chopped" judges and special guest judges, including Jerome Bettis, Ayesha Curry, Haylie Duff, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carla Hall, Tony Hawk, Eddie Jackson, Ali Larter, Kelsey Nixon, Andrew Rannells, Rico Rodriguez, Debby Ryan, Alison Sweeney and Christine Taylor.

"These talented young competitors, who grew up watching Food Network and 'Chopped,' bring an abundance of energy, creativity and cooking skills to the table," said Didi O'Hearn, senior vice president of programming for Food Network and Cooking Channel. "When challenged with formidable mystery ingredients, they showed no fear in the kitchen, proving that confidence and competitive-edge can come at any age."

In the premiere episode, for all the kindness the junior chefs show one another, someone must be chopped after the first round, featuring rock shrimp and beef tongue. In the second basket, the kids get quail and a variety of tiny foods, and a very groovy cake makes the dessert round extra colorful.

Over 13 episodes, these ambitious young chefs from across the country open their baskets to find mandatory mystery ingredients in each timed round, hoping to create delectable dishes that impress the judges on three criteria: creativity, plating and taste. Whether it is transforming liverwurst, pickled daikon radishes or baby octopus into masterpiece dishes, these junior chefs pull out all the stops in their bid to win $10,000 and the title of "Chopped Junior" champion.

This season, "Chopped Junior" fans are in for a huge treat: Seeing entertaining behind-the-scenes footage of the talented kid chefs; hearing from the panel of judges in interviews captured on set; and upgrading brown-bag lunches with ideas inspired by the competition.

Find the show's HQ at FoodNetwork.com/ChoppedJunior and talk about the show on Twitter using #ChoppedJunior.

Junior chefs pose with judges Monti Carlo, Scott Conant and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and host Ted Allen on Food Network's  

Junior chefs pose with judges Monti Carlo, Scott Conant and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and host Ted Allen on Food Network's "Chopped Junior."

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